Sure Start has not achieved all its objectives in relation to vulnerable children, shadow families minister Maria Miller said yesterday.
She told a fringe session at the Conservative Party conference that the programme had many positives but using unqualified staff to do outreach had failed, adding the Tories were keen to increase the number of health visitors instead.
Miller added that the duplication of assessments was caused by mistrust among professionals. “In this sector people are too frightened to trust somebody to do the job without getting 20 pieces of paper.”
Conservative conference: Tories criticised on child poverty